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    Default Lima on dial but who made it?

    Bought at a sale today but cannot find in the Horolovar book.

    Lima on dial and Made in Germany on back plate but no numbers or other clues.
    Has anyone come across one before?

    I would appreciate any information.
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    Default Re: Lima on dial but who made it? (By: oldticker)

    Looks like a Uhrenfabrik Reiner to me, Plate 1469H. They were only in business from 1951 to 1954. Lima must be a distributor or seller.
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    Default Re: Lima on dial but who made it? (By: oldticker)

    OT, I agree with Les' identification of your clock, The Reiner clocks were well made and are good runners. They went bankrupt in early 1955 because they agreed to a contract with John Wanamaker of New York to supply several thousand clocks at a landed price that was less than it cost them to make and ship.

    Someone has had a fun time with your pendulum. The "add-ons" above each ball aren't original but do create an unusual appearance. It looks like there is no suspension spring on the clock, so the add-ons will require a stronger than usual suspension spring to keep time if you decide to leave them in place. The normal spring is 0.0032", to get the clock to run to time will likely require at least a 0.0035" spring, could be even thicker. Let us know what you decide to do and we can help if you have a problem getting it to run to time.

    The "Lima" name and logo is undoubtedly an importer/reseller, but I've not seen it before. It's not listed in the Horolovar Repair Guide list of manufacturer and trade names.
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    Default Re: Lima on dial but who made it? (By: lesbradley)

    EDIT:
    I know I refreshed before I posted and didn't see John's post.
    Mine was a redundant comment about the washers, nuts and drawer pulls added to the pendulum.

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    Default Re: Lima on dial but who made it? (By: MartinM)

    Thank you Les and John.

    I guessed the ball arrangement must be made up and have separated them now.

    I knew the suspension was broken before i bought but knew i could get one and make it up.

    The thing that attracted me to it was the unusual back plate and that it was complete.

    I counted the beats per minute and they equal 8 so with the extras taken off i will try the weaker spring first. 8 as you know will be slow for a clock this size - just 8 1/2 inches tall.

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